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Lifestyle & Gadgets

Tengu: Lip-syncs to all your favourite Britney Spears songs, just like Britney

By admin on August 28th, 2007

Tengu has no real discernible use, other than looking totally cool when you’ve got some choons blaring and he starts lip-syncing along to them. Simply plug him into your USB crank up Media Player or iTunes and this cute little fella "sings" along more convincingly than a washed up pop-starlet trying to recapture her glory in a comeback concert.

Tengu was released in Japan to a massive reception where it outsold even the Sega Dream Chick, but it might be a while before it makes it over here. In the meantime, check out Charles and Marie’s Tragically Hip, where Tengu can be purchased for about £25 on import from the states.

[Via Uncrate]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Podbrix Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak lego set

By admin on August 28th, 2007

Woznjobs Podbrix’s latest Apple inspired Lego set features the young Steves circa 1977, the year that their Apple 1 "home brewed" computer was discontinued and Apple II, took to the throne. Who knew that Jobs and his Chewbacca-like sidekick would go on to even greater things, eh?

A follow up to their 1984 Superbowl Apple Advert set, Podbrix’s Young Woz and Jobs (£20) is a limited edition diorama that numbers just 300 individual handcrafted and numbered sets that feature the eponymous nerds, an Apple Mark 2 and a glimpse of things that have not yet come to pass, all in wondrous Lego form.

Considering that the 1984 edition sold in a matter of hours, you’ll need your finger on the trigger when these go on sale on the 29th of August.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Steampunk lightsabre: Bringing Star Wars to the industrial age

By admin on August 24th, 2007


Steampunk, if you don’t already know, is an idea that conceptualises what the world would be like if certain technologies had developed earlier than they really should have. It focuses mainly on bringing 20th Century inventions to Victorian Britain-age industrial techniques, hence the "steam" prefix.

A subgenre of Sci-Fi, Steampunk initially manifested in books and film. But recently we’ve seen the idea jump to the material world with some serious boys toys. Just check out this series of handcrafted Steampunk goods, including a monitor, a set of Ray Guns and even a watch. However, what I think is one of the weirdest blending of ideas, even for a concept that endorses coal-powered rocket-ships, is this Steampunk lightsabre.

I think it’s a truly inspired piece of craftsmanship, even though Darth Vader would have balked at using such a contraption. And despite finding it massively appealing, it’s a one of a kind, so I doubt very much that I’ll be getting my hands on one.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Scary/amazing looking Red One camera designed by Oakley founder

By admin on August 23rd, 2007


Sometimes a consumer product comes along that looks so good that you don’t even care what it does, or even if it works. The Smeg fridge is one such product. I mean, it’s just a fridge, but its class design gives it complete desirability. I’d still want one even if it didn’t keep my food fresh and cold.

Another is the Red One camera (£9000). I don’t make films, I have no use for a professional video camera. But purely because of the aesthetics, which resembles an underwater probe/malicious robot drone, I feel I must have one. Luckily I have less money than sense, although that’s not saying much.

Designed by Oakley founder Jim Jannard, the Red One was created with this ethos in mind: "Build a high performance digital cine camera with the quality of 35mm film and convenience of pure digital." It’s also extremely cost effective with several modules available that can be added to the camera to suit the film makers requirements, negating the need to buy several cameras for different shoots. I still think it just looks awesome.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Britz Rosetta speaker system

By admin on August 23rd, 2007

Desktop computer sound systems are usually functional beasts, but aren’t particularly good looking. A hulking subwoofer stowed away under the desk and a couple of satellites sitting either side of your monitor, gathering dust and slowly greying in that way only white computer equipment does.

However, that won’t happen with the Rosetta speaker system from Britz, so called because of the subwoofer’s resemblance to the Rosetta Stone. Probably. For a start the speakers come in an obsidian like black gloss which should prevent grubby-finger dirt from taking hold. Otherwise the system, with its sleekly carved lines and red LED illumination, looks so cool that you’ll be wiping it down ever four seconds just so it doesn’t lose it’s sheen.

If you want a functional yet stylish speaker system for your ‘puter, then you should definitely pick one of these up, especially considering it only costs £45.

[Via TechDigest]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Safe Bedside Table: Suitable for both lamps and lamping

By admin on August 22nd, 2007

This looks like any other bedside table, albeit a funky one, right? Wrong. While the Safe Bedside Table is fit for a lamp and your morning coffee, it also converts into a tactical offensive/defensive, timber-based weapon system. Or, in other words, a club and wooden shield.

Designed for the completely paranoid who find the aesthetics of baseball bats too crude, the table will sit benignly in the corner until you hear "something" downstairs. The table top then converts into a Spartacus style shield while the "leg" can be wielded as a club to smite any intruders who have the audacity to, um, intrude.

Though, more than likely, the "burglar" is just the cat getting into the kitchen bin again.

[Via NotCot]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Stashkit folding cycling helmet

By admin on August 21st, 2007

Apart from looking a bit naff (although not on a scale attributed to elbow and knee pads), cycling helmets are rather cumbersome. You can lash your bike up against the railings but what do you do with your bonce protection? Nothing. You’re not wearing one in the first place because you know you’d have to carry the bloody thing around for the rest of the day.

Although the days of suffering a caved-in skull for the sake of convenience look to be numbered. Cyclists: Hail to the Stashkit Multi-sports Helmet (£50).Stash’s design allows the helmet to fold down to half it’s normal size so that it can be squirreled away in a laptop bag, rucksack or glove compartment without taking up masses of room. So now you can take to the road with a protected noggin, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be lumbered with a bulky helmet. Just remember, you’ll still look naff.

[Via Notcot]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Blinging Viewsonic LCD monitors

By admin on August 20th, 2007


If you’re feelin’ that your home computer system ain’t gangsta enough,
then you might want to try and get your hands on one of these pimped
out Viewsonic VX2255wmb/h LCD monitors that are encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Dawg.

The 22-inch screens, above, have built in speakers, a 1.3 millions mega-pixel camera, microphone, 1680×1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 160/160 viewing angle. Although I’m pretty certain that whoever will be buying these blinged up "beauties" won’t be doing so for their technological aspects.

No news on the pricing as these are still doing the rounds at the trade shows, but you can bet your grandmother that they’ll cost a pretty penny.

[Via TechDigest]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Contender Yacht pirate ship

By admin on August 20th, 2007

Pirates are popular these days. Thanks solely to Pirates of the Caribbean, our favourite scurvy rapscallions are endorsing everything from watches to t-shirts and beyond. Despite this, how many pirates would have swung into action wearing a diamante encrusted time-piece while on a daring raid of a rival ship? Not many, I’ll wager.

So it’s nice to to see a product that’s actually befitting of the dreaded pirate insignia. The Contender Yacht (£17.95) is a slick looking vessel decked out in black, with sails made from genuine sail cloth that bear the Jolly Roger. Made by Graham & Green, purveyors of fine home furnishings and traditional kids toys (think hobby horses and go-karts, none of that electronic tosh), the Contender is obviously designed for the younger sea-farer, but don’t let that put you off. Simply keel-haul any mutinous land-lubber that has the audacity to challenge your position as captain . Arrgh, me hearties! Splice the main brace, swab the decks. Etc. Etc.

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Lifestyle & Gadgets, News, Watches

CECT W100 wrist phone

By admin on August 16th, 2007

Just like the concepts of flying cars zooming through the sky or hand-held lasers that can stun a perp at 100 paces, the idea of a wrist mounted communication device has been just that – an idea. The reality is that "flying" cars can barely get off the ground, "hand-held" lasers need to be coasted around on trolleys and wrist-phones have been either hand-achingly cumbersome or severely lacking in quality and features. How much longer do we have to wait for the future? I expected moon-bases by now!

In regards to the issue of wrist-phones, the wait may be over soon. Qiao Xing Mobile Communication has unveiled the CECT W100 watch-phone which, despite actually being wrist sized, is jam-packed full of all the features you’d expect from todays "bricks". 1GB memory, FM radio, bluetooth, a 1.3 mega pixel camera and audio/video capabilities are all included in this tiny package. However, the clincher for me is that the phone has a built in touch-screen. Move over iPhone.

The future is here. The future is now… although I am still waiting for my Porsche Carrera GT with vertical takeoff.

[Via Gizmodo]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Beach boys and their wooden toys

By admin on August 14th, 2007


Despite being made from wood, these beautiful, pre-1950s estate cars were far from green – "environmental issue" just wasn’t part of the vocabulary back then. However, this didn’t stop the cars being snapped up by those who would become proponents of the early green movement – the surfing community.

Full story [Via Men's Vogue]


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Lifestyle & Gadgets

The Heineken DraughtKeg – chilled draught beer anytime, anywhere

By ShinyMedia on August 14th, 2007


Fans of 1985 classic Teenwolf may remember a youthful Michael J. Fox leaning towards a 7-11 employee who is doubtful of the young man’s age and growling, "Give me a keg of beer." Since seeing that film I personally have always wanted to be at a party with a keg. A kegger. Keggers are conspicuous by their absence in the UK, where several bottles of white cider and a case of warm lager is as glamorous as it tends to get.

So when the lovely folk at Heineken got in touch and offered me one of their new DraughtKegs to try out, it didn’t take me too long to respond with "how quickly can it get here?"

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Lifestyle & Gadgets

iWood – the iPhone cover made from trees

By admin on August 14th, 2007

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the Incase iPhone cover, with it’s distinctive organic style that looked as though it was carved from mahogany. At the time, I thought it was the best cover out there, as it was both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

However, it looks as the though the Incase cover has been usurped by Miniot, which goes one better in the au naturel stakes – the case actually is made from wood.  The iWood by Miniot (from £45) comes in four different hardwood types, from oak to cherry, and you can even order an iPhone dock in the matching material.

The iWood, especially in the darker wood types, gives the iPhone a cool, anachronistic look, but I still think it’s for serious iPhone heads only, especially as it’s not exactly the most ecologically friendly way of protecting your device. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came across some sort of animal-skin based cover in the future. iSeal, anyone?

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[Via NotCot]

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Butterfly knife style MP3/CD player

By admin on August 10th, 2007


Now I’m not the most techie person in the world and this isn’t a technology website, but all the same I had to bring this to your attention, just because it looks too awesome.

The Dual Music Player is a concept design, so there are no real plans to release it, but the idea is an extremely practical one. Wouldn’t it be great to just turn up around a mate’s house and nab a CD from the shelf, put this baby around it and steal his music? So you could probably just plug it into his laptop and download tracks from there, but there’s still people, believe it or not, who haven’t  converted their music collection from the "old ways".

Just wait until the 12" vinyl version comes out. Now that would be innovation.

[Via Gizmodo]

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The Curiosity Shoppe orange phone headset

By Isabelle on August 8th, 2007

PhoneorangeIf you’ve ever found yourself being obstinately retro just for the sake of it then you will love this headset ($45) from the Curiosity Shoppe that gives a touch of the old times to your mobile phone. It comes in smart grey, black, red or my favourite, orange and plugs in pretty easily into your mobile.
It’s a slick bit of technology (well, for the "olden times") with it’s built-in one-touch pick-up and volume control and apparently the sound quality is very good. Just the thing for making working from home feel business-like or for impressing/alienating your friends (delete as applicable).

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